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Combining the analytical instruments of cinema experiences with insights from medical perform all for consuming problems, physique photographs bargains a compelling case for common media literacy to wrestle the results of the "eating disordered tradition" represented in Hollywood productions and well known photographs of superstar existence.
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And while Hollywood may still be considered the most dominant and widely distributed movie producer, other world cinemas (such as India’s Bollywood and Asian ÅTU QVL][\ZQM[ I[ _MTT I[ \PM M[\IJTQ[PUMV\ WN 6WTTa_WWL QV 6QOMZQI and Riverwood in Kenya) are rapidly rising competitors. Nor is Body Shots designed to serve as a text either on the psychopathology of eating disorders (it does however provide a glossary of relevant clinical terms) WZ NMUQVQ[\ ÅTU \PMWZa :I\PMZ Q\ [MMS[ \W JZQLOM \PM LQ[KQXTQVM[ WN psychology, cinema studies, and cultural studies to provide ways to read between the lines of popular movie texts and deconstruct those visual messages and narratives which may affect the moviegoer’s relationship to food and her own body image.
40 As noted earlier, while men are increasingly subject to body disturbances in recent years, the incidence of problematic behaviors and concerns is many times higher in women, and the target audiences of the popular ÅTU OMVZM[ 1 LQ[K][[ IZM MY]ITTa W^MZZMXZM[MV\ML Ja _WUMV )\ \PM same time, I do not intend this gender imbalance as a commentary on women’s heightened susceptibility to media manipulation due to an intrinsic passivity or naïveté;41 to the contrary, I assume a female spectator who has the capacity to actively engage in a challenging response to 16 | Body Shots conventional movie images and body myths.
Several other limitations in the scope of this book should be noted.